Art journal playtime

I had a week off work recently, and I spent the time not only cleaning my craft room, but playing in my art journal. I have two art journals to share with you today.

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It’s All Perspective

I’d had this idea in mind for a while, of greenery spouting from the Tim Holtz skull die cut. My original plan was to have butterflies dancing among the plants, but as I was going through my dies, looking for my butterflies, I came across some lovely koi fish dies from Memory Box/Poppystamps. So I went a little abstract and had fish “flying” between the greenery. I even added an octopus and tentacle coming from the eye socket. I kind of love how it turned out.

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Think Different

My second layout, I used some elements from Maremi’s Small Art Design that I fussy cut and adhered to my abstract background. Not my favorite page I’ve ever done, but I do love the colors, and Marta’s designs and sentiment stickers are just gorgeous and fun to play with.

Thanks for dropping by. I’ll be showcasing my first Halloween project later in the week!

Art journals galore

I’ve been on a bit of an art journal kick this past week or so. It’s been a busy time at work — always happens the week before a holiday (July 4th in this case), so playing around in my art journals was all I had time to do. I work on them in my spare moments between work and home duties. So, I don’t have any tutorials for these, but things should slow down a bit now that the holiday is over, but I promise one soon.

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This one I did for my fairy art journal. I know it’s a mermaid layout, but I thought it was fitting for my fairy journal. The mask is by Carabelle Studios and the stamps by Marianne Design.

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This one was inspired by a YouTube tutorial I had seen a week or so ago. I usually like to create little scenes but sometimes it’s fun to just be abstract. Paper tags by 7 Dots Studio. Sprays and Magicals by Lindy’s Stamp Gang. Stamps from Prima Marketing.

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Space Whales! I’ve had this one in my mind for a while, but never got around to ever doing it until this week. Whale stamps from Hero Arts. Paints by Prima Marketing.

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The July 2019 monthly challenge at Lavinia Stamps was “A Midnight Blue with an Orange Hue.” This Les Mis quote stamp by Impression Obsession actually gave me the idea for this layout in my fairy art journal. Stamps by Lavinia Stamps. Mountain stencil by Honey Bee Stamps. Inks my Ranger and Tsukineko.

Thanks for stopping by!

Guest Designer: Lavinia Stamps, part 2

As a guest designer for Lavinia Stamps this month, I was asked to create several projects using the April theme of “Buds and Blossoms.” For my mid-month project, I wanted to have a play in my regular Moleskin art journal. I started with the idea of a spring-fairy theme, but during the creation, it changed to an Easter-themed layout, and I actually kind of love it.

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When You Believe

To begin, I sprayed the bottom of the pages with Distress Oxide Peeled Paint spray. When that was dry I used Faded Jeans for the “sky.” (This was a boo-boo on my part. Meant to grab the Mermaid Lagoon, but grabbed the wrong blue. Turns out, I rather liked the darker blue.) After the sprays dried, I sprinkled the pages with water to activate the ink, then I used a brayer to apply some Distress Oxide ink in Tumbled Glass over the “sky.” Sprinkled with a bit more water and flicked on some white ink and let everything dry while I moved on to my stamping.

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I stamped the Lavinia Dragon Pods and Single Fairy Thistle onto some white card stock and colored the pods with various colors of Copic markers. I added some details with a white gel pen and some glitter pens (hard to see in the photos, but the sparkle is nice in person). I cut the round part of the pods out and set them aside.

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I stamped the two flower stamps in random spots on my background. Because I was working in an art journal that was a bit bulky, some of the stamping didn’t turn out so well. But I just colored in the parts I needed with a black pen and moved on. I glued the pods I had cut out onto the stamped pods, some with liquid glue, some with a pop-dot for a bit of dimension. I inked up the Lavinia Fairy Words stamp to add to the background, using second-generation stamping. Then I added a few details with glitter pens and Sharpies.

While coloring the pods, I realized they kind of reminded me of Easter eggs, so instead of using one of my fairy stamps, I grabbed one of the Whimsical Hares and stamped him on the right page. I also added a butterfly and two fallen “eggs” before inking the edges with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo. Finally, I added a Tim Holtz Small Talk sentiment and outlined it in black to finish.

I’d like to thank the staff at Lavinia for having me as a guest this month. It’s been super fun! The April challenge runs through April 25, 2019, so there’s still a few days to enter!

Art journal: November and December

Hope everyone had a great Christmas/holiday season! This will probably be my last post for 2018, but I wanted to get my final two Julie Nutting art journal layouts posted before ringing in the new year. I’m honestly surprised that I managed to complete this art journal that started all the way back in January. I don’t always finish long-term projects. One of my many faults. But I managed to finish this one and it will be my first completed art journal. Well… the inside is complete. I hope to decorate the cover sometime in the new year.

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For my November layout, I wanted to do an autumn theme. I used a piece of scrapbook paper for my background to set the scene. I paper pieced the Julie Nutting Doll with Pocket Dress using Prima’s Amber Moon papers. I decorated my little scene using stickers from Paper House Productions (Autumn Woods) and Carta Bella (Fall Break). My sentiment wreath is from the Amber Moon ephemera pack.

To finish off the scene, I used some small leaf stamps by Lavinia Stamps around the edges in autumn colors. I don’t care much for reds and oranges, but I love the way this turned out!

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For my December layout, I again used a pretty piece of scrapbook paper for the background, this time from Ella & Viv. I used my new Merry Julie Nutting doll, paper pieced with papers from the Christmas Jewel collection from Kaisercraft. I die cut the Westbridge Christmas Tree die and the Village Lamp Post die from Poppystamps to add to my scene. I inked the lamp post with Black Soot Distress Ink and used Daytona Sands embossing powder from WOW! for the lamp light. I also heat embossed the tree using WOW! Metalline Greengage embossing powder. The sentiment is from the Merry stamp set, heat embossed with WOW! Blue Glitz powder.

I added some leftover animal stickers from the Paper House Productions Autumn Woods collections. I also added a poinsettia sticker to the lamp post and some purple gems to both the tree and the doll. My final touch was to add some sparkly snowflake stickers from Doodlebug.

I’m not planning on doing a monthly art journal next year… trying to keep up with this one was tough at times! But I’m not giving up art journaling altogether. I’m just going to do it when the mood strikes me next year.

And speaking of year-end wrap-ups, I’d just like to share my Top Nine favorite projects of 2018. I think I’ve improved a little over my creations in 2017, so I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings!

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Happy New Year!

Guest Designer: Stay Curious

I’m back today with my last project for WOW! Embossing Powder. This week, WOW! is collaborating with Fiskars on the WOW! Facebook page. There’s even a chance to win some cool prizes, so head on over to Facebook and check it out!

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Fiskars was kind enough to send me a pair of their wonderful scissors to use on my project. Fiskars is a much-loved brand in my house. When I opened the package that contained the scissors, my mother took one look at them, pounced, and declared, “Mine!” I managed to get them back with the promise that they would be hers when I was done with them.

I decided to do a mini-art journal page and use the scissors for some fussy cutting. I stamped my Alice stamp onto a scrap piece of adhesive canvas and colored her with Zig brush markers. This gave her an almost etherial look compared to the rest of the page, like she really was in Wonderland.

My inspiration for the page was the fabulous new collection from Bo Bunny, Land of Wonder. I used some ephemera pieces, which I distressed with the Fiskars scissors, for the arrows, then fussy cut some of the triangles from “Madness” 6×6 paper for the background, which I had inked with Distress Oxide inks. I also added the clock ephemera piece with foam squares and some Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers for the sentiment. Finally, I used the WOW! embossing pen over the red elements on the page and heat embossed with Red Glitz embossing powder for some sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out WOW!’s Facebook page this week for some more amazing projects. I’ve had so much fun working with WOW! and would like to thank their amazing design team for all the help and encouragement I’ve received participating with them! ❤

Guest Designer: Nature’s Sketchbook

Hello again, everyone! I’m back this week with another project for WOW! Embossing Powder. I wanted to do a variety of projects for my tenure as guest designer, so I knew I had to create an art journal layout as one of my projects!

I had thought, at first, to do an autumn-inspired layout, since we are so close to Thanksgiving here in the U.S. But like so many of my plans, they changed as I progressed. Still, I wanted to challenge myself by using some autumn colors — reds and oranges — two colors I am just not comfortable working with. I think it turned out OK in the end!

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I decided to work in my Moleskin journal. I wanted to add a bit of texture in the background, so I grabbed some washi tape — which turned out to be Halloween tape, but it worked! — and added some strips here and there until I was happy.

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I then covered the pages and tape with a thin layer of white gesso.

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After that dried, it was time to create my background! First, I added some Botanical remnant rubs from Tim Holtz.

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I then used Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst sprays for the colors — Autumn Maple Crimson, Sea Mint Green, Yellow Rose of Texas, Hag’s Wart Orange and Rudolph’s Nose Red. The rub-ons left a nice white halo around themselves as I sprayed. I then took the Travel Journal background stamp from Carta Bella and stamped randomly over the pages with embossing ink. I used Perissa embossing powder to add texture and shine to the stamped images. Finally, I used the Honeycomb stamp from Stampendous to add a little bit of texture using Acorn Versafine Clair ink.

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I stamped out a few bugs using the Tim Holtz Entomology stamp set. I colored them with Distress Markers and added some Nuvo Crystal Glaze on top to make them shiny. I also die cut some flowers and leaves. I colored some with Distress Inks and some with embossing powders in Metalline Greengage, Kiwi Krush and Metalline Flame. I used papers from the Graphic 45 Nature’s Sketchbook collection that I distressed to create “boxes” for my bugs and layered the die cuts and a bit of linen behind them. A large butterfly from my stash was the finishing touch!

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll have another fun project for you next week!

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Art journal: September and October

Can you believe how fast 2018 has flown by? Today, I have two more art journal layouts done for my Julie Nutting art journal: September and October.

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Take Risks

I was at a bit of a loss for September at first. My initial thought was to do a fall theme, but since summer stayed so long, I just wasn’t in the autumn mood. The month passed quickly and before I knew it, it was almost over! I started digging around in my stash for ideas and came upon some papers from Graphic 45’s Imagine collection. That’s when it hit me — Steampunk September!

I found another sheet of scrapbook paper in coordinating colors to use as the background. I then set about fussy cutting pieces of the Graphic 45 paper to use in an aerial layout. For my steampunk lady, I decided to use the Julie Nutting Twinkle doll. She’s meant to be a Christmas doll, but she can be very versatile for other themes! I paper pieced her outfit together using the Kaisercraft Factory 42 collection. Her wings are a stamp from my stash that I fussy cut and added Nuvo crystal glaze to the top. Finally, I added a few small gears and bobs to her outfit to complete my doll. I finished the layout with two quote stickers from the Tim Holtz Small Talk collection.

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From Regions Beyond

For October, obviously, it was going to be an homage to my favorite holiday — Halloween! For my little witch, I used the Julie Nutting Lil Witch stamp and die set. Her outfit was paper pieced using various Halloween papers from my stash. I colored her green, like any self-respecting witch should be.

For the background, I used a piece of scrapbook paper from Reminisce for a haunted forest feel. I dug into my vast collection of Halloween stickers to decorate my scene with. I’d been wanting to use that house sticker for a long time!

To finish off my layout, I used the Tim Holtz Halloween remnant rubs to add some spooky sentiments and spiders to the page.

Thanks for stopping by. I’m already busy planning my layouts for November and December!